June 23, 2015
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1. Connect with the Best Minds in Healthcare Supply Chain at AHRMM15
Join more than 1,000 fellow supply chain professionals at AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition, August 9-12, 2015, to learn about new tools and solutions, keep your skills up-to-date, explore new products and technologies, and connect with the best minds in the healthcare supply chain field. 
In addition to the exceptional education sessions, AHRMM has organized a variety of formal and informal events so you can build long-lasting business relations with fellow supply chain professionals and top industry experts: 
  • First-Time Attendee & New Member Orientation Reception on Sunday
  • Welcome Reception on Sunday, sponsored by Cook Medical
  • Attendee Coffee and Rolls, Lunches and Breaks throughout the conference
  • Refreshment Breaks in Exhibit Hall, sponsored by VHA
Register today to ensure that you're able to network with leading healthcare supply chain professionals - all in one place, all at one time. 
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2. New Complimentary Webinar - Improving Data Visibility and Clinical Performance
Reducing Healthcare Costs through Supply Chain Automation and Standardization
By leveraging automation to reduce variation in clinical and supply chain practices, healthcare executives can make measurable improvements in their bottom line, while improving visibility to data to improve clinical performance. In this webinar, members of the AHRMM Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement share best practices from healthcare systems across the country that you can deploy to help improve your organization's clinical and financial performance.
Date: July 30, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT; 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Cost: FREE
Speakers: Karen Conway, CMRP, Executive Director, Industry Relations, GHX
Michael Schiller, CMRP, Senior Director, Supply Chain, AHRMM
This webinar is presented in cooperation with  
Executive Insight
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3. Join a Diverse Network on AHA SmartMarket
Need some advice on how to deal with a particular work challenge? Why not seek guidance from others facing similar experiences? Send a connection request to a colleague on AHA SmartMarket. Not only is it a great way to engage and network, but once you connect, your dashboard will update anytime they contribute to a discussion. You’ll be able to ask questions, gain insights from your colleagues, and learn more about the best tools and resources on the market.
Not exactly sure how to jump in? Check out this video for a demonstration on how to get started.
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4. AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
AHRMM congratulates the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credentials in May 2015:
  • Lesli Barrett, Dallas, TX
  • Michael Briggs, Simi Valley, CA
  • Karen Conway, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Erin Kelly-Cook, Zeeland, MI
  • Marilyn Daniels, Neptune, NJ
  • Larry Derosia, Belmont, NH
  • James Laughridge, Whiteman AFB, MO
  • Michael Metz, San Antonio, TX
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5. Term of the Week
Doximity is a professional network site similar to LinkedIn which allows Physicians to connect with other healthcare professionals, securely collaborate on patient treatment, grow their practices and discover new career opportunities according to company literature. More than 400,000 U.S. physicians have joined the network. The secure medical network allows doctors to connect with colleagues in order to collaborate on a medical case a practice they are unable to utilize email for due to restrictions imposed by The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) due to patient privacy concerns.  
Take a moment to peruse AHRMM’s Healthcare Supply Chain Lexicon. Do you have a term to suggest to make this a more robust and valuable resource? If so, click here. We’ll provide the definition if you provide the term!
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6. CDC Updates Ebola Guidance for EDs Evaluating/Managing Travelers from West Africa
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted updated Ebola guidance for U.S. hospitals evaluating emergency department patients who have traveled from Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia in the past 21 days. The new recommendations differ for patients from Liberia, where the Ebola outbreak officially ended last month. While the guidance continues to recommend that all patients who recently lived in or traveled to any of the three countries who present to the ED with Ebola-compatible signs and symptoms be isolated in a private room and that public health officials and CDC be notified, CDC now recommends that hospitals follow standard hospital infection control practices and protocols for patients from Liberia. By contrast, the agency continues to recommend that stricter Ebola personal protective equipment be used for patients with Ebola-compatible signs and symptoms from Sierra Leone or Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak continues. CDC also has posted the latest U.S. entry screening process for travelers from West Africa. For more information on evaluating patients for Ebola risk, visit www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/healthcare-us/evaluating-patients.
Source: AHA News Now – June 18, 2015
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7. Improving Hospital Discharge Transitions – Your Input is Needed
AHA/HRET is collaborating with the Project ACHIEVE team, which is evaluating the effectiveness of transitional care. 
An important part of the project is surveying hospitals across the U.S. to catalog efforts at improving hospital discharge transitions. We strongly support the efforts of Project ACHIEVE and believe the findings from it have the potential to help us, patients, caregivers, and providers. 
Below is a link to the survey, which is housed on a secure server.  
This survey should take about 15 to 20 minutes, and someone at your hospital in case management, quality improvement, or administration would likely be the best person to do this, with help from clinicians (i.e., nurses, pharmacists, physicians). We ask that you complete this survey by July 31, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Marie Cleary-Fishman at mfishman@aha.org.  
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8. Class I Recall - Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinectiv Technology Femoral Stems
A process monitoring failure led to higher than expected amounts of manufacturing residues left on the Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinectiv Technology Femoral Stems and Necks. These residues can cause serious adverse health issues including allergic reactions, pain, infections, or death.
Use of these products may require the need for a revision surgery to replace the affected implant. Manufacturing and distribution dates: March 31, 2015 through April 20, 2015.   
The Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinectiv Technology Femoral Stems and Necks are Tivanium alloy implants used for hip replacements that allow the surgeon to fit the implant specifically to the patient. During hip replacement surgery, the damaged portions of the hip joint are removed and replaced with an integrated system of products, which includes the femoral stem and neck. Recall Initiated on June 8, 2015. Read the MedWatch safety alert at FDA.
Source: HPN Daily Update, June 23, 2015
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9. Free On-Demand Recording for AHRMM Members
UDI at the Heart of the Triple Aim
Cost, Quality, and Outcomes Movement Webinar: Part 1
Presented by AHRMM and HIMSS
The U.S. FDA Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule is much more than a regulation aimed at medical device manufacturers. Integration of the unique identifiers into the healthcare delivery environment processes and technology is foundational to the objectives of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim: patient experience, population health, and lower healthcare costs.  
Check out this previously recorded webinar, made available for AHRMM member-only access.
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The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) of the American Hospital Association is the leading national association for executives in the healthcare materials management profession. Founded in 1962, AHRMM prepares its more than 4,200 members to contribute to the field and advance in the profession through networking, education, recognition, and advocacy. AHRMM continues its commitment to keep members ahead of the learning curve by providing information and resources to not only assist them in their current positions, but also to prepare them for upcoming challenges and opportunities. Please email us at ahrmm@aha.org or call (312) 422-3840 if you need additional information on these stories or any of AHRMM's products and services.

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